Government to build more airfields to boost tourism, says president Museveni

The Presidential Advisory Committee on Exports and Industrial Development (PACEID) was established by President Museveni on March 16, 2022 with a key objective to increase Uganda's exports by USD 6BN in the next five years.

President Yoweri Museveni continues to market Uganda as the best tourism destination in the world not for just tourists but travellers in general who want to experience the uniqueness and diversity the Pearl of Africa has to offer.

The president addressed trade representatives, MDA’s & the private sector at the Annual Trade Representative Forum (TRF) at State House Entebbe on Tuesday.

The meeting was organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Exports and Industrial Development (PACEID).

President Museveni hailed Uganda’s climate saying it is the best and favorable for tourists around the world especially now that Uganda is more peaceful than ever before.

“We used to have problems of lack of peace in the past but that stopped long ago. The only issue is now promotion,” H.E Museveni said.

He added that the government has made it a priority to improve the infrastructure to make it easy for tourists. Setting up airfields in different tourist destinations is top on agenda.

“I have already told the government that we need to build more Airfields near the national parks. This is because some of the rich people don’t have time to come and land at Entebbe and drive 500 miles to Kidepo National Park.

It’s only small people who can manage to do that but the rich people want to come in their private jets, land in the national park and then fly out. So, we shall have to build more hard surface airports in Kidepo, Kasese, Kihiihi, Gulu etc.,” the President said.

The Trade Representative Forum is an initiative by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Exports and Industrial Development PACEID headed by Odrek Rwabogo, that brings together all trade representatives, allowing them to network, learn and build strategies with Uganda private sector local input.

According to the Chairman of Uganda Tourism Board Daudi Migereko, prior to Covid-19, tourism was Uganda’s number one foreign exchange earner fetching the country 1.6 million dollars and that it had been predicted that Uganda would be among the 10 fastest growing fastest destinations for leisure, travel and spending between the year 2020 and 2026.

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